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BMW, Inrix Unveil Intermodal Nav Unit

LAS VEGAS – Traffic-data supplier Inrix teamed up with BMW to offer what they call the industry’s first in-car intermodal navigation system, which monitors real-time traffic conditions and alerts drivers to faster public modes of transportation.

The system also provides turn-by-turn navigation to the nearest bus or train station in time for the next departure.

Inrix’s Intermodal Navigation Service is a feature of BMW’s ConnectedDrive infotainment system in the new i3 and i8 electric vehicles, which download traffic and updated public-transit information via embedded cellular modem.

The vehicles also download Inrix’s EV Service data, which provides drivers with their vehicle’s remaining range on a given trip and routes drivers to available charging locations along their route as needed. Remaining range is based on traffic congestion, current charge, topography and other variables.

The Intermodal Navigation Service and EV Service are updated as new charging locations come online and public transportation schedules change, the companies said. Charging-location information includes continuously verified information on operating hours, number of connectors, supported plug types and voltage.

BMW will showcase its Connected Drive system at Silver Lot 3 outside the entrance to the South Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center.

BMW uses Inrix real-time traffic information in all BMW models equipped with the automaker’s Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information (ARTTI) service in 17 countries. The service was launched in 2011 in select vehicles.